You may think it is impossible not to know that your roof is leaking, but you would be surprised how often it happens. The reason is a combination of two factors
- Homeowners generally don’t spend too much time inspecting their homes.
- Some signs of leaks in your roof aren’t obvious.
The reason it is so important to identify roof leaks is because the longer they are able to let water into your home, the more damage they can do. If left untreated, roof leaks can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
So, what are some signs you may have a leak in your roof?
Water Stains on Ceilings and Walls
Water stains are the most obvious sign you have a leak in your home, with the most likely cause being either problems with your plumbing or a leak in your roof. The water stains can appear on both your ceilings and your walls. They generally are ringed with brown and depending on how long they have been there, they can cause the sheetrock in your home to crumble and collapse.
When water gets into your home from a roof leak, it will usually fall directly on the insulation or ceiling of your home. When the leak falls on a wall, it is then able to work its way all the way through your home.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
If you notice a shingle missing on your roof, there is a good chance water may be getting into your home from the roof. Shingles by nature protect the roof from the elements. They block water from getting into the seams of the sheathing on the roof. When a shingle is missing, your roof is completely exposed, allowing any water to easily penetrate your home.
Damaged shingles also leave your home exposed. If you notice your shingles are buckling or curling, you should consider calling a company that handles roof repairs in South Jersey.
Insulation is generally the first barrier to roof leaks. If you start to notice wet insulation in your attic, you most likely have a roof leak. When you only notice wet insulation, it is a good sign that the leak is pretty new. It also means you could have saved yourself a lot of money by catching your roof leak early.
Any leaks in your roof should be repaired by a professional. Professional roofing contractors will be able to identify the leak and the extent of the damage. You may only see one leak, but it could be the result of a faulty roof installation. Anytime you can identify problems early, you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. If you have a roof leak, contact us at High Point Roofing today.